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by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 297
Views: 6901

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

The Buddha was always very reticent about describing Nirvāṇa in positive terms, in case it lead to speculation based on ignorance. It is just that speculative activity (prapanca) which is one of the main hindrances. So - best to say nothing! But nothing doesn’t mean nothing.
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Term for 'Mind' in Awakening of Faith
Replies: 19
Views: 688

Re: Term for 'Mind' in Awakening of Faith

Thanks. I am working with the Yoshito S. Hakedas translation which is posted on the Zensite. It's a very deep study, this shastra.
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?
Replies: 297
Views: 6901

Re: Brahman and Atman in Kagyu?

What the OP is referring to, I believe, comes out of the Tathagatagarbha (Buddha-Nature) sutras: Śrīmālādevī Siṃhanāda Sūtra Mahāyāna Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra Aṅgulimālīya Sūtra Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra The Buddha Nature teachings are very different from what is found in the Pali agamas, but they're also not ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 34
Views: 614

Re: experience of piti and sukha

Makes you want to shout out "I love ALL of you!" Actually, a very real and practical consequence of those early experiences was not exactly that, but it was definitely an opening up of the sense of compassion for others. At the time - 30 years ago - I had finally, belatedly, gotten something like a...
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 34
Views: 614

Re: experience of piti and sukha

But does the pleasure you describe come from a release, a sense of freedom, or is it simply a mundane pleasure that is transitory and thus essentially dukkha? Who knows? All I knew at the time was that it was totally new and completely unexpected. As you well know, Buddhist teachers always say 'don...
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: experience of piti and sukha
Replies: 34
Views: 614

Re: experience of piti and sukha

When I first practiced meditation I had several experiences of rapture often in the most unlikely places, like the checkout queue. They were unlike anything else that had ever happened, it was totally out of the blue. Amazing. That’s one of the things that made me believe there was something in it. ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: A "panorama" or "atoms"?
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: A "panorama" or "atoms"?

From your OP and the subsequent post, I think your approach is basically sincere but a bit muddled. Some of the terms you are putting in quotes don’t exactly resemble anything I’ve encountered in studying Buddhist texts and commentaries. But as the nature of your question ranges around phenomenology...
by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: An interesting Sufi poem
Replies: 5
Views: 158

Re: An interesting Sufi poem

Only an Alif is what you need
This is the same as the ‘Prajñāpāramitā in One Letter’.
by Wayfarer
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Syllabus
Replies: 8
Views: 414

Re: Buddhist Syllabus

If they're coming from a secular western background, I would recommend some of the standard University-level texts that explain the development of Buddhism and provides an introduction to Mahayana in that context. I'm thinking of books like Rupert Gethin Foundations of Buddhism and Conze's Buddhism ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Mod Team - Coming and Going
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: Mod Team - Coming and Going

Welcome Jake :hi:

And thanks for helping out, Virgo and Seeker12 :namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: One truth?
Replies: 126
Views: 2891

Re: One truth?

by Wayfarer
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Media
Topic: "No such thing as objective reality"
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: "No such thing as objective reality"

Simon E. wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:56 am
Interestingly ( to me at least) the Sanskrit word 'Maya' is derived from 'ma' which means to measure.
Also interesting that one translation of samvrti satya (conventional truth) is ‘concealing’.
by Wayfarer
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Media
Topic: "No such thing as objective reality"
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: "No such thing as objective reality"

No No No !!! :tantrum: What it shows at that there's no such thing as an ultimate object . But, that doesn't mean that if you put your hand on a hot stove that it won't get burned and that objects don't accelerate according to Newton's Laws of Force, or that you can wish your tax bill away or your d...
by Wayfarer
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Theravada against mathematics
Replies: 27
Views: 929

Re: Theravada against mathematics

The infinite monkey theorem: “The probability that an infinite number of monkeys will print any given text on the first attempt is 1”. Here a "monkey" is the past life. A "text" is a sequence of combinations of dhammas, culminating in the realization of Nibbana. As the number of past lives is not l...
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 1084

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

On the issue of mindfulness without Dharma... Shantideva in the Washington Post! https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/03/11/dalai-lama-arthur-brooks-each-us-can-break-cycle-hatred/ The solution — and the opportunity for each of us — lies not in disagreeing less, but in understanding the app...
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solving the hard problem.
Replies: 23
Views: 652

Re: Solving the hard problem.

Catmoon wrote: It seems to me that the the Causal Closure principle is little more than wishful thinking
Especially in a 4 Percent universe. :rolling:
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Americans turning to Buddhism?
Replies: 25
Views: 1084

Re: Americans turning to Buddhism?

What do we make of this: The aim of salvation in Buddhism...is to be released from finite life itself. Such an idea of salvation recurs across the world religions, but in many strands of Buddhism there is a remarkable honesty regarding the implications of salvation. Rather than promising that your l...
by Wayfarer
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?
Replies: 59
Views: 1680

Re: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?

Maybe that’s not an accurate telling... Or, maybe it is, but not when judged from the ordinary perspective. Buddha is said to have super-normal powers. Perhaps being able to comprehend hundreds of thousands of lives in a moment is among them. Even ordinary people report after near-death episodes th...
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Australia/NZ
Topic: Making Sense of Chan Cases 禪公案 (Zen kōan) - Lecture, Sydney
Replies: 1
Views: 438

Making Sense of Chan Cases 禪公案 (Zen kōan) - Lecture, Sydney

The 2019 Master Sheng Yen Lecture in Chinese Buddhism will be given by Robert Sharf (University of California, Berkeley) on Monday 25 March, 6:00-7:30 pm at New Law School Lecture Theatre (LT024), New Law Annexe F10A, University of Sydney. The lecture is presented by the University of Sydney School ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Insight Timer in the News
Replies: 0
Views: 175

Insight Timer in the News

For those using the Insight Timer, an SMH news story on web apps featured it today: Sydneysider Chris Plowman [develops] meditation app Insight Timer. The app has half a million daily users and almost 7 million globally with 99 per cent of those using the app for free. "We thought there was an oppor...

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